24th April 2010, Kemensah, Selangor.
I was waiting for the Blue Banded Kingfisher, trying very hard not to be seen. Somehow I was spotted by two guys from the Paintball operator who politely asked me to leave the area for fear of being hit by stray bullets. Apparently they were about to have a guerilla-style shootout inside the jungle where I was having my stakeout. Packed my gear and started walking out from the clearing towards the trail leading to the fish pond. My eyes suddenly caught a glimpse of something blue on a bamboo over the stream- a juvenile female Blue-Eared . So far I’ve shot her perched on ropes and drainage pipes, this time it’s in a natural setting fit for the King.
I had to be quick before the bullets started flying!